Barcelona Sightseeing Guide
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A brief overview of the very best of Barcelonas tourist attractions and things to do. Click on the links to find more detailed info on whatever takes your fancy

When it comes to treasures, Barcelona can be likened to the fabled riches of the isle of Monte Cristo. The city is positively overflowing with polished diamonds and rare gems, all ready to be unearthed by the intrepid explorer.

A natural starting point for taking in Barcelonas attractions is of course therenowned Las Ramblas boulevard, the main artery of the city, which stretches fromPlaca Catalunyaright down tothe statue of ChristopherColumbus and the harbour. This huge thoroughfare is heaving 24 hours a day with tourists, theatre goers, party animals and of course those mischievous and often bonkers street performers. You cant and you wont miss it!

Either side of Las Ramblas are the two halves of the Old Town, El Raval and the Barri Gotic. TheBarri Gotic (or Gothic Quarter)is certainly the most touristy part of the city and its popularity is well deserved. The areas labyrinthine alleys will lead you past Roman ruins, picturesque plazas and Catholic churches, not to mention all manner of funky boutiques and bars.

Two unmissables for your itinerary areLa Seu Cathedral, with its thirteen white geese, andPlaça Reial, with it fountain and palm trees.

Venture a bit further in the same direction to find the delightfulBorn district, which has much of the same vibe as the Gothic Quarter but without the hordes of digital-camera-wielding wayfarers. ThePicasso Museumand theCiutadella Parkare two highlights, as is a beer on thePasseig del Born.

Step onto the other side of Las Ramblas and you will find the somewhat shabby district ofRaval. Whilst some bits of Raval are far from wholesome, some of Barcelonas prettiest streets and outdoor cafes can be found here, and theMACBAhosts some of the best contemporary art in the city.

Weve come so far and yet havent even mentioned Señor Gaudi yet. Time to introducethe great man. Whilst his handiwork is dotted all across Barcelona youll find the maestros most familiar facades,La PedreraandCasa Batllo, on thePasseig de Gracia(another of the citys huge boulevards, and a haven for high endshopping).

For his masterpiece however youll have to take the metro into the right hand side of LEixample (The Addition, so called because it was added to the Old Town in the 19th century as the city rapidly expanded during the industrial revolution) where you can witness first handthe overpowering architecture of La Sagrada Familia basilica.

Complete your Gaudi-themed tour with a trip toPark Guell.

Sick of sightseeing? Well chomp on an energy bar and get going again because therere plenty more attractions you wont want to miss before you head home. You could easilyspend a day on Montjuic mountainwith itscastleandMagic Fountain, and host ofother treasures, whilst Tibidabo peak is another highlight, with its Sagrat Cor Church and amusement park (as featured inVicky Cristina Barcelona) and spectacular views over the whole city.

Naturally sun-starved tourists will want to spend at least one lazy day on thebeach at Barceloneta, or elsewhere on the citysurban sands.

There really ismuchmore to see than can be printed here, so check out ourdistrict by district guideto find out more about each of Barcelonas diverse neighbourhoods, or venture further into Catalonia on one of theseunmissable day trips.

Not into mainstream tourism? Then try this list of activities that will take youoff the beaten track.

Duncan established Barcelona Life in 2009, whilst freelancing for the likes of Conde Nast, The Guardian, Easyjet Magazine, CNN Traveller and many more. From interviews with Ferran Adria to revealing the secrets of the citys poetry brothels, he knows the city inside out and shares all his best tips right here.

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